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European Packaging Leaders Discuss Aging Workforce, New Business Methods

The first European Conference on the Future of Business Education in Packaging on April 23 explored new methods in business education and a better, internationally comparable description of the job qualifications in packaging needed to prevent a skills gap in Europe’s industry, according to a news release from the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre.

The NVC is an association of companies that addresses the activity of packaging throughout the supply chain of packaged products.

Pharmapack North America Exhibitor Tekni-Plex Announces Acquisition

Tekni-Plex Europe NV announced the acquisition of Gallazzi's Italian-based pharmaceutical blister film (Tradate, Varese, Lombardia) and adhesive tape substrate film (Gallarate, Varese, Lombardia) businesses on May 1.

The company will be at Pharmapack North America in New York from June 9 to June 10 at Booth 4215.

Groninger to Feature New Products in Aseptic Lines and Sterilization at Achema 2015

Groninger, the German custom-built pharmaceutical machine manufacturer, will showcase several products at Achema 2015 in Frankfurt from June 15 through June 19, including the latest from its aseptic line for nested containers, aseptic line with in-process control, new filling and closing machine for consumer healthcare products and robotic technology for the sterile sector.

Its space is more than 5900 square feet at booth G72 in Hall 3.1. Groninger was last featured at Interphex in April in New York City. 

Schott Debuts New Polymer Prefillable Syringe at Interphex

Specialty glass and glass ceramics technology developer Schott released its new polymer prefillable syringe, the ToPac SD, at Interphex 2015. It is designed to improve the safety and stability of sensitive drugs, according to a company press release.

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E-pill Medication Reminders Launches Accutab Personal Pill Box for the Apple Watch

Boston-based E-pill Medication Reminders released a pill box for smart watches, which, with the recent release of Apple’s Watch, is an early entrance into the next phase of medication reminder smart technology.

The Accutab Personal Pillbox turns a smart watch into a medication adherence tool to organize a patient’s medications weekly. To do so, one would store them in their Accutab and then use their smart watch for a reminder of when to take their medication.

Ypsomed, Sanofi Partnership to Take on Added Injection System Production Line Late 2016

Pharmaceutical group Sanofi and the Ypsomed Group announced a new project to add to its longstanding partnership. Ypsomed will begin manufacturing injection system components on an additional dedicated production line starting in late 2016.

Autotest VIH Self-Administered HIV Test Set to Debut

The French company AAZ has announced that it has received the CE 0459 mark for the first self-administered HIV blood test which will be manufactured in France under the name “autotest VIH”.

Autotest VIH® will be available in pharmacies and on pharmacy websites in France from the end of June 2015.


Nelipak Debuts NX-T1 Table-top Tray and Blister Lid Heat Sealers

The newest custom-made sealing machine designed and built by Nelipak® Healthcare Packaging is optimized for Class 7 cleanroom use. Suitable for medical device and pharmaceutical operations, Nelipak’s PLC-controlled NX-T1 machine  seals a range of coated lid stock. In-house produced matching sealing dies ensure validated seals when used with our blisters and machines.


Catalent Reveals ADVASEPT Lock Expansion at Interphex

New Jersey-based Catalent announced the expansion of its ADVASEPT Lock delivery technology during this month’s Interphex conference in New York. It is a stopper-less, glass- and needle-free vial for safe delivery of injectable medications.

It is available in 1, 3, and 5-milliliter container closures but may be custom-designed to meet specific brand or delivery needs.

Vetter Serializes the First Product for South Korea

Fill and finish contract manufacturer Vetter announced Tuesday the production of the first commercial batches with single-use identification numbers for product in South Korea. Vetter now implements product serialization for secondary packaging for one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, which follows last year’s introduction of a comprehensive serialization service, according to a news release.

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